20 Year Reunion – 8/13/2016

Its hard to believe I could celebrate 20 years of anything, but today was my reunion. I had a good high school experience, but I don’t feel like it defined my life. I did generate a nice core of friends that have kept in touch. We decided to no go to the official reunion, but to instead have a anti-reunion where we could see the people we actually care about. Here are a few of the people I care about from that time.

img_20160813_160341

Hogan and Danelle before leaving.

img_20160813_201630

Kelly

img_20160813_201648

Mike

img_20160813_201708

Sarah (middle), Shannon (right)

img_20160813_201752

Danni (middle), Allison (right)

And I missed getting photos of the others. Was more excited to see the friends and talk than take photos.

Hogan Haake

2016 MR340

I participated in my 5th MR340 race this year. I’ve written extensively about my experiences in the past. Danelle posted our progress during the race. This year I’ve waited a long time after the race and much of it is a blur. Here is some of what I remember.

While shopping for some supplies, I found a PFD that would be horrible for the race.

img_20160718_095747

Since I’m running the RaceOwl website, I wanted to get to the race check in early and be available to help fellow racers set up their software. Of course, this meant that we would drop off the boat and walk around taking lots of photos first. I didn’t realize till we got there that Danelle had never been there for the start of the race or the check in process before.

img_20160718_164952

Admiring one of the many safety boats.

img_20160718_170312

A 4 person pedal drive boat. About 40 feet long with outriggers for balance.

img_20160718_170341

JoJo and Stacey admiring the boats.

img_20160718_170217

Another view of the 4 person pedal drive boat. Started life as a rowing scull.

img_20160718_170336

Its raining boats!

img_20160718_170523

The large red one in the back is a custom 4 person SUP board.

img_20160718_171026

A 6 person boat, paddled by women from Texas. They won first place overall!

img_20160718_173626

Home build boats by Mark and Nancy Fish.

img_20160718_170352 img_20160718_170431 img_20160718_170747 img_20160718_171031 img_20160718_173311 img_20160718_173321 img_20160718_173530 img_20160718_173533

Shortly after we left Miami, Missouri we encountered a storm. Like most storms of consequence, it caught us off guard and nearly flipped us. We managed to fight the wind from the middle of the river over to the shore. There, we spent 23 minutes waiting for it to clear before continuing on.

In the aftermath of the storm, the sky was amazing!

img_20160719_192611 img_20160719_192615 img_20160719_192624 img_20160719_192633 img_20160719_192635 img_20160719_192636

Anyway, that is the end of the race photos! After the race, I had some fantastic blisters on my hands!

img_20160721_195215 img_20160721_195204

Like many things in life, the photos don’t do them justice. My hands peeled for about 2 months after the race, but it was totally worth it!

Hogan Haake

Hermann to St. Charles – 7/10/2016

This is our last big training run before this year’s MR340 race. I decided to do a full test of my 3 camera system and got it on video.

I wish I was better with names, cause training partners/groups make the whole thing worthwhile.

img_20160710_135438

Mike in the back and can’t remember the guy in front.

img_20160710_135447

JoJo up front.

img_20160710_135454

Terica on the left and Andy on the right in orange.

img_20160710_135530

A selfie with Hogan showing the rear camera.

img_20160711_113411

Twin front and back cameras from the middle of the boat.

img_20160710_135538

Hogan Haake